To be eligible for consideration by the Vision Science MS Program Committee, you must meet the minimum requirements:
The degree requirements for admission are flexible in order to accommodate students who come to vision science from a variety of backgrounds. Details are described below.
Pacific University College of Optometry has established institutional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several academic programs world wide. Graduates or current students of these programs may follow the admissions criteria provided in the individual MOU at your institution. Such agreements will specify the extent to which students from that program meet the prerequisites. Please see the list of institutional Collaboration for schools/institutes who have MOU agreement with Pacific University College of Optometry.
The Program Brochure can be downloaded here:
Bachelor’s (or equivalent) Degree
You must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Equivalency is determined by Vision Science MS Program Committee.
Individuals who are candidates for a bachelor are eligible to apply and may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion. An official transcript showing degree completion must be submitted or the admission will be withdrawn.
General Biology: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
General Physics: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study. Need not be calculus based
Chemistry: a standard two-semester course or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
Mathematics: a standard two-semester course in calculus or the quarter system equivalent of one year of study
Statistics: one semester or the quarter system equivalent. Statistics must be from a Department of Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology or Statistics. A biostatistics course is acceptable. Business and Economics courses will not meet this requirement.
Undergraduate Prerequisites for M.S. in Vision Science
The following coursework are required to prepare the students to pursue research in vision science:
All prerequisite courses listed above must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher (grades of “C-” or lower are not acceptable). Where possible, all courses should be those intended for science majors. All science prerequisites (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) must include a laboratory.
Applicants currently enrolled in Pacific University college of Optometry, or with an OD degree from an ACOE-accredited program, will automatically qualify as meeting these undergraduate prerequisites.
International applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in optometry or an advanced degree (Bachelor degree or higher) in a discipline related to clinical optometry may be considered, after review of the student application by the Vision Science MS Program Committee, as meeting the above-listed requirements.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University. If English is not your native language, you must provide a valid proof of English language proficiency at the time of admission. This requirement applies to all applicants, including resident aliens, citizens, and international applicants under Institutional MOU.
At the time of application, if you meet all other academic qualifications but do not meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency and require English language preparation, you can still apply. Conditional admission may be given based on other qualifications that you have. However, you will need to fulfill the minimum English proficiency on TOEFL or IELTS exam before you can be fully accepted to the degree program. Satisfactory TOFEL or IELTS score or other proof of English Proficiency needs to be submitted by April 20th to be matriculated into the program in August of the same year.
Conditional Admission is valid for two application cycles. Applicants who receive conditional admission must fulfill the requirement of English Proficiency by April 20th either in the same year of application or in the following year. Failure to do so will void the conditional admission, and the applicant will need to re-apply to the program.
List of Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Proof of degree (e.g., official transcript) from an English-based curriculum, which states the completion of a bachelor degree or greater at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction.
- Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pacific Institutional TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS, Academic Modules) exam.
- Test scores must be within 2 years after the test date at the time of application; Test score more than two years old will be considered valid only if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
- You must arrange to have the test report sent by the testing agency directly to the Admission Office.
- Minimum Test Score Requirements:
Minimum per section:
52 structure/written expression
Minimum per section:
Minimum per section:
Minimum sub-cores per section:
Examples of Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
- Test score more than two years old
- Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
- Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
- Completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university
- An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States